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AuntyFungal Wed 16-Sep-20 08:15:02

Straight continuous run of 420cm.

Is there anything out there I can have with no joins? The only ones I can find are concrete and stainless steel.

I wouldn’t mind either but DH is not keen.
Or am I just being a bit picky re joins?

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BuildingThings Wed 16-Sep-20 08:43:56

There is also micro cement, it comes in a variety of colours, the white one is very nice and you can do your backsplash to match.

I think you may also be able to get corian or terrazzo, both come in many many colours, but is a bit more pricey.

If you choose terazzo, you could go for terazzo tiles on top on a plywood base, this is the cost saving option and you won't have to worry about joints. The kitchen in this project is terazzo tiles and you can hardly tell

Also, if the worktop is designed properly, you will ( most likely grin ) forget about the joints...!

ALLIS0N Wed 16-Sep-20 09:41:13

AuntyFungal Wed 16-Sep-20 10:12:29

Cheers Building (that is a very funky ply house!) & Allison.

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neverenoughchelseaboots Wed 16-Sep-20 10:25:04

I looked everywhere for one longer than 3m and just couldn't find anything.

It was a real point of contention but in the end we went with quartz in a finish that we loved and it has a join but you can barely notice it, it's not an issue at all.

neverenoughchelseaboots Wed 16-Sep-20 10:27:22

Have you got a hob or sink along that length? A horseshoe join around a hob is particularly subtle.

minipie Wed 16-Sep-20 10:33:06

Wood? Although high maintenance.

Corian can be any length I believe as they fuse the joins on site.

We have a similar length run but the last 1m has a countertop cabinet sitting on it, so the join (which is where the countertop cabinet starts) is much less obvious. Don’t suppose that would work for you?

Mutunus Wed 16-Sep-20 11:53:37

Corian can be joined with an almost invisible joint. It's not cheap though.

LizzieMacQueen Wed 16-Sep-20 12:07:40

I don't know if this would look good, just musing, but could you make the break exactly in the middle and fill with a contrast colour of filler?

user1471528245 Wed 16-Sep-20 12:08:24

Most composites stones corian or silastone can be joined together, they use air pumps to hold the join while the adhesive dries, takes About 20 minutes and you get an ultra smooth join, still visible but no issue with dirt or water ingress, if you can work the join so it’s dead centre or on a corner or where an appliance sits you’ll not take so much notice of it

FrogFairy Wed 16-Sep-20 15:31:00

Getalit makes laminate worktop in 5200mm lengths.

Steala Wed 16-Sep-20 16:48:20

If you put the join where most of the surface is taken up by the hob (or a large sink) it barely shows, even with a granite with a pattern. Don't necessarily settle for a material you're not keen on. There are ways around it.

FurierTransform Wed 16-Sep-20 17:12:15

I'm sure you can get wood worktops off the shelf in a greater length than that. That'd be my choice

AuntyFungal Wed 16-Sep-20 19:47:02

Thank you Everybody. Food for thought.

The run has the sink in the middle. The rest is just countertop.

I’m off to google local granite/quartz etc... worktop showrooms. I want to see their joins and send off some emails to metal fabricators & concrete companies. I’ll hopefully get some quotes back soon to compare!

One of the cost issues is waste. If I go for a slab product, depending on where the join / cut is = residual waste, that I’m paying for. Bathroom vanity tops???

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Saz12 Wed 16-Sep-20 20:44:49

It has a sink in the run? You really REALLY want a shorter piece where the tap holes are. Make a separate small piece for the taps, that’s easy to move when you need to fix a dripping tap.

You’ll cry when you’re beautiful, enormous 4.2m worktop length gets chipped when being removed to replace a washer in the tap.

newyeardelurker Wed 16-Sep-20 20:47:02

May not fit with your plans, but a sink that goes the full worktop depth is an option, splitting the worktop into two pieces. This ikea one is an example, I'm sure there are other versions.

Lelivre Wed 16-Sep-20 21:21:24

I have corian and the sink is fabricated into the worktop and they joined it on site and you would not be able to find the join as they complete fabricating it in situ. I bought direct from a factory that fits dentists and hospitals and it wasn’t expensive. Also it can be repaired. Mine has once and they did it for free.

minipie Wed 16-Sep-20 21:23:01

One of the cost issues is waste. If I go for a slab product, depending on where the join / cut is = residual waste, that I’m paying for. Bathroom vanity tops???

Yes and no. A lot of the cost you pay for a worktop is the cutting, finishing and fitting. The material isn’t such a huge percentage of the cost. Of course, if you need a bathroom vanity top then that’s a great use for any offcut but you’ll pay for the cutting and fitting of that.

Dinosauraddict Fri 18-Sep-20 06:56:20

Echo PP we have quartz with a horseshoe join around the sink - you can barely see it.

nomdeguerrrr Fri 18-Sep-20 08:40:17

There are other acrylic worktops that are cheaper than corian which can be joined without a visible seam. Minerva, mistral, hi-macs

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